SDG 9 - Industry Innovation and Infrastructure
The situation in Malta
In 2014, Malta’s new National Research Innovation Strategy 2020 was endorsed by Cabinet. Its aim is to set out the country’s innovation and research strategy for the forthcoming seven-year period. Its main vision is:
Embedding Research and Innovation at the heart of the Maltese Economy to spur knowledge-driven and value-added growth and to sustain improvement in the quality of life.
In addition, the mission of this strategy is: To provide an enabling frameworkfor achieving this framework.
Goal 1: A Comprehensive Research and Innovation support “Ecosystem”
Goal 2: A stronger Knowledge base
Goal 3: Smart Flexible Specialisation
Furthermore, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat commented on the island’s infrastructure and said that Infrastructure is Malta’s Achilles Heel.
"Over the years we always planned for an infrastructure to cater for 500,000 people. It eluded planners that while on paper we are 500,000, we host more or less one million at times." - Malta Independent, Malta 10th July 2017
What can we do as a community and individuals to resolve this?
- Are you into technology? Use your skills to advance the other goals! Whether it’s organizing a hackathon, starting your own sustainable business or making a movie about an issue you feel passionate about, technology and innovation are key to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
What can business do?
- If you’re a business, think about investing in clean and resilient infrastructure, where your workers will have a safe and dignified space, and the local environment won’t be harmed.
- If you have an R&D department, begin focusing research on eco-friendly innovations that would help build a better future.
- Establish standards and promote regulation that ensures company projects and initiatives are sustainably managed.
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Innovation Is key to sustainable development